Several deputies injured during arrest

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Several deputies are injured after an incident involving a man wanted out of Bay County.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to a home on Vancouver Drive in Alford Wednesday in reference to a suspicious person.

They say William Ray Howard, 37, went out of the house and onto the roof. Multiple deputies went up on the roof to talk him down, but he refused and pulled out a knife.

They used a taser on Howard, but he got free and fell off the roof. A deputy on the ground tried to get him, but Howard cut his face with the knife. Howard continued to resist deputies and even bit one of them on the arm. Another deputy also dislocated his thumb before Howard was finally arrested.

The deputies and Howard were treated at a local hospital and later released. Howard was taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await first appearance.

He is charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, resisting a law enforcement officer with violence, and a warrant out of Bay County for violation of probation for resisting an officer.